I am a PhD student in the University Program in Ecology at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.
I am foremost a conservationist and a field ecologist, and my primary goal is to explore questions that are directly applicable to real-world issues. I am broadly interested in understanding how environmental changes (anthropogenic, climatic, or otherwise) act on or shape ecosystems. I am specifically curious to learn 1) how this happens at the base of ecosystems (i.e. in plants), and 2) how those effects cascade upwards through the interface of plant-animal interactions. I believe that studying environmental drivers of ecosystems is key to understanding how climate change and anthropogenic disturbance will impact those systems and the services they provide. My research lies at the intersection of biogeography, plant-animal interactions, and community ecology.
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